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Talking points for DO SOMETHING!

Updated: Jul 3, 2023

From Brenda Hammond:

As soon as the agenda for the committee that is handling SB 1056 prints it, we will post it so you can use the link. Check back often!


  • SB 1056 is NOT about parades. Passing this bill means unregulated militias become legal in Idaho.

  • Passing SB 1056 removes the following from Idaho law: “ No body of men, other than the regularly organized national guard, the unorganized militias when called into service of the state, or of the United States and except such as are regularly recognized and provided for by the laws of the state of Idaho and or the United States, shall associate themselves together as a military company or organization or parade in public with firearms in any other city or town of the state. “

  • The Supreme court has ruled that laws, like the one this bill seeks to repeal, are “necessary to the public peace, safety and good order.”

  • Idaho’s prohibition against unauthorized paramilitary organizations is fully consistent with the First & Second Amendments to the US Constitution and with the Idaho Constitution.

  • The Supreme Court in 1886 ruled that laws which forbid bodies of men to associate together as military organizations, or to drill or parade with arms in cities and towns, “do not infringe the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”

  • 120 years later the Supreme Court again stated that the Second Amendment “does not prevent the prohibition of private military organizations.”

  • The existing law, ID 46-802, does not violate either the First or the Second Amendment of the Constitution.


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